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Hollywood superstar Max Conroy is A-list all the way—one of the few actors who can guarantee box office blockbusters on opening weekend. Max has it all: the devil-may-care charisma, the stunning movie star wife, and a sizable personal fortune that grows along with his legend.

When Max escapes from a rehab center in Arizona, disoriented and longing to return to his blue-collar roots, he becomes the target of a motley group of kidnappers planning to cash in by holding him for ransom. Max not only outsmarts them; he evens the score. Little does he know that a far more dangerous and merciless enemy is coming for him. But this time, he has an ally in the smart and beautiful sheriff’s deputy Tess McCrae.

For years, Max drifted through an easy superstar life, untethered and without purpose. But as he fights for his life, something turns inside him. He’s ready to live again—on his own terms. He will destroy those who’d rather see him die like an icon than live like a man.


About J. Carson Black

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J. Carson Black is the best-selling, critically acclaimed author of eight books, including the Laura Cardinal crime fiction series. Born and raised in Tucson, Arizona, Black has found inspiration for her writing in everything from real-life horrors to the headlines screaming todays news. She is currently working on her next thriller.
Published June 12, 2012 by Thomas & Mercer. 349 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction

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They regarded its motherboard, the main circuit board, as a beautiful work of art.” Wozniak’s timing for his own book — years after his triumph — feels a bit random, but he clarifies his motives in the last chapter: “At this point in my life — I’m 55 as I write this — I think it’s time to set the...

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Publishers Weekly

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Part sexy blonde bombshell, part delusional Norma Desmond, West created an invulnerable, tough-talking, sexually assertive persona, partly to mask insecurities and psychological wounds from early sexual assaults, asserts Watts in this remarkably detailed and well-written biography.

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BC Books

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This story is almost a Grail story gone bad — think of a Grail story in which Lancelot is working for the Church, Gawain is working for Arthur, and the Black Knight thinks he's working for himself, but is really working for Merlin.

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Huffington Post

Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn could be Ford's chairman and CEO today if Bill Ford had agreed to give up his chairman's title in 2006.

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Mysterious Reviews

Not Reviewed: Lack of a review here may mean that the narrative and/or characters of this book did not capture the reviewer's imagination or interest within the first few chapters (or by page 31).

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Project MUSE

More than a decade ago, Tyler Stovall published his landmark study on African Americans in Paris, Paris Noir: African Americans in the City of Lights (1996) and Bennetta Jules-Rosette in turn highlighted in Black Paris: The African Writers' Landscape (1998) the important connections between Afric...

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Carlin Romano

Although Mel Gussow, the obituary writer who predeceased Taylor by six years, asserted that Sara “shared with her daughter a love of movies and encouraged her to act,” others include Taylor on the short list of child stars — Judy Garland, Michael Jackson, Macaulay Culkin — who were driven into un...

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The Root

The controversial biography places the slain Muslim leader firmly in the black nationalist tradition -- with all its contradictions, says this reviewer.

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Columbia Journalism Review

“I was told we were going to bring Ebony into the twenty-first century,’’ he says, “that we were going to make it more relevant, give it some edge, bring it back to its old position as a relevant and important publication.’’ Monroe had visions of a combination of Ebony, Vanity Fair, and Emerge,...

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